Isabela farmers who have a land area of one hectare or less can now avail of an interest-free loan through the Bojie-Rodito Opportunities (BRO) Livelihood Assistance for Marginalized Farmers.

The program, spearheaded by the provincial government of Isabela, is among the 13 sub-programs of the BRO livelihood assistance for marginalized farmers which aim to provide the best quality of life for leading rice producing areas in the country.

Aside from BRO, other stories and developments were shared during the 2018 Rice Achievers Awards (RAA) Technical Paper Presentation (Provincial Category) led by the Agricultural Training Institute in Makati last March 4 to 7.

95 representatives from the 20 qualifying provinces, attached agencies, bureaus, regional field offices of the Department of Agriculture, and other agencies attended the activity.

Qualified provinces are divided into two categories: Category A, which includes provinces with production performance greater or equal to 250,000 metric tons per hectare (MT/ha) and an area harvested of 500,000 ha, and category B which includes provinces that have production performance less than 250,000 MT/ha and area harvested of 25,000 ha.

Representatives from the local government units in each province shared their respective notable accomplishments, plans to achieve the targeted 5 to 7 MT/ha yield, and more

Presentations will be considered in the evaluation of the nominees. Winners will receive their award in a ceremony to be held in May, where five provinces will be selected from Category A and two from Category B.

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